38. Canada will make available to Newfoundland and Labrador veterans the following benefits, on the same basis as they are from time to time available to Canadian veterans, as if the Newfoundland and Labrador veterans had served in His Majesty's Canadian forces, ...
43. Suitable provision will be made for the extension of the Canadian citizenship laws to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Acting Director General Citizenship Branch
concerning Bill C-37
... no reference is specifically required in
Bill C-37 to assist the above groups.
Bill C-37, which Minister Finley recently tabled
in the House of Commons, seeks to restore Canadian citizenship to a
person who was a citizen and lost it, whether they became a citizen
originally in 1947 because of their connection to Canada without Newfoundland
or in 1949 because of their connection to Newfoundland as a part of
Canada. This includes Newfoundland War Brides and their children who
became citizens on April 1, 1949 and who subsequently lost citizenship
because of an outdated provision in the legislation.
It has been our experience that War Brides and other citizens who were not born in Canada may erroneously think they may have lost citizenship or may never have acquired it because they are sometimes asked to obtain a new proof of their citizenship. Since they were not born in Canada they do not have a provincial birth certificate (including a Newfoundland and Labrador certificate) to use as proof of their Canadian citizenship. In these cases, they may be asked (by Passport Canada for example) to apply to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration for a citizenship certificate as proof of their Canadian citizenship. Unfortunately, this is sometimes misunderstood as being asked to apply to become a citizen, which is not the case. Proof of citizenship for a person not born in Canada is a citizenship certificate which is obtained upon through this department.
Updated Dec. 16, 2009